Bucks County Community College offering free health care courses

Justin Udo
July 15, 2019 - 4:22 pm
Bucks County Community College is offering free healthcare courses, and it's all about filling a hole in a fast growing industry.

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BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Bucks County Community College is offering free health care courses, and it's all about filling a hole in a fast growing industry.

From dental assistants and EKG technicians to nurses aides, students have the chance to enroll in a number of different health care certificate programs.

"We have a dire need for caregivers in Bucks County right now, and the wonderful thing about nurses aide is it's a stepping stone program for those who are desirous to become a licensed practical nurse or a registered nurse," said the college's Karen Souvigney. 

The program, Souvigney said, is a partnership between them and PA CareerLink for unemployed and underemployed people who CareerLink determines qualify. 

But the opportunities don't stop there.  

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"Even though people may not be eligible through CareerLink, nurse aide tuition comes back through their employer on a pro-rated basis. So when a student comes in and they pay out of pocket, that tuition comes back to them from their employer once they complete the program," Souvigney explained. 

Souvigney added if you are interested in the program, don't let your fears hold you back.

"You can do this. We all have barriers in life, but here's a barrier you're going to step over," she said. 

The college is holding free information sessions about the courses on the following days: 

July 17 – Founders Hall room 009, Newtown Campus, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown Township

July 18 – PA CareerLink, 1260 Veterans Highway, Bristol Township

July 25 – South Building Room 257, Upper Bucks Campus, One Hillendale Road, East Rockhill